Many people striving to become empowered and self-sustaining have been repressed throughout their lifetime and/or have suffered traumas from wars, famine, disease, various types of abuse (emotional, physical, sexual, cultural), and/or natural disasters. Are there limitations around how far can people progress when they are haunted with the traumas of their past and/or beliefs that they don’t have what it takes to succeed? Can we afford to not to look at the impacts of these emotional issues and blocks?
“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world” — Arthur Schopenhauer
There is a new program called Visionary Leadership that was developed by Conscious Company and is one of the tools of Journey Outreach. Visionary Leadership tailors Journey techniques and tools for professionals in all types of careers, businesses and organizations. It focuses on uncovering and eliminating core mental and emotional blocks that hold back natural potential and innate genius, supports truth and authenticity in individuals and organizations, and allows people to realize and develop their true quality leadership abilities. It looks directly into these issues and blocks and provides people with the tools to address and clear out their limiting thoughts, beliefs, and emotional blocks, and continue on this path through life as they are faced with new challenges and situations.
Following is an excerpt of how this program is being received by the Federal Department of Justice of Canada:
The Visionary Leadership Program was chosen to be the core one-year curriculum embedded in a two-year program called the Justice Leaders of Tomorrow Program (JLTP). In a nutshell, the program so far has been exciting, heartily welcomed and life changing, not just for some, but for each and every member of the participating group. The candidates include lawyers, administrators, IT people, those writing laws and those administering the laws and those who have to keep the ‘machine’ running well.
The response by each and every person so far has been extraordinary. They all agree on two things; this has changed every aspect of their lives meaningfully; and everyone should be required to take this training as a basic platform to understand life, living and leadership. Each of them recognizes they are not only leaders vocationally, they are also leaders in every aspect of their life. The deep realizations that have come so far have allowed them to completely reframe their relationship with their work, their friends, their family and their lives. The ‘life skills’ learned have resulted in a deeper opening and realization of who they really are and how they can meaningfully, purposefully, and positively impact the lives of everyone in their lives.
In a few words, the core of the program is simple. This is not a management or technique based affair. This work is about diving into the deepest levels of consciousness and removing what does not belong to the authentic self: the imprinting, the programming, the blocks and limitations that hold us back, the silent saboteurs that keep us playing small and safe. It opens the contraction that fear projects and allows the expansiveness that truth reveals. As this truth of being is uncovered by stripping away the layers of dross, of trash that has accumulated over years of fear, doubt and judgment, the native free consciousness and empowerment that is innate to us all is revealed. It is in this state that Visionary Leadership can be truly expressed. It is in this state of clear awareness that true creativity, true ingenuity, true solution and resolution are possible.
The whole program is not lecture based but personal experience based and it is extraordinarily powerful. The main challenge so far is the huge wall of fear that is shared by all members of society: the fear of something new, the fear that what they are doing now may not be working well, the fear that they might be exposed, the fear of criticism and humiliation, and the fear that their status might be threatened or maligned. This is the only challenge. Once people get into the room and actually experience what this is, all fear, all doubt all judgment falls away and what arises is joyful truth and freedom, awareness and creativity abounds. It is stunning to be in the presence of that as it unfolds throughout the room.
Journey Outreach realizes that the global challenges faced to today by the majority of the population of the world require a different approach. Since 1994 Journey tools have been taught in 36 different countries and in 20 different languages to over one million people. These are practical, user-friendly tools for ordinary people that work with what is innate in every human being no matter their age, background, level of income, social status, or cultural upbringing. These tools help remove limiting beliefs, thoughts and emotional blocks, and work with the innate creativity and empowerment within each human being. In a simple, yet profound way individuals get access to the innate wisdom that allows them to choose their beliefs around life and their abilities to be creative, to learn, to make better choices, and to succeed.
“If you think you can, you’re right. If you think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford
To bring this extraordinary work to a larger population of those in need we are actively seeking partnerships to introduce this work to people in need and conduct large scale studies.
The Micro-finance Industry provides an one example of ideal environment to teach people Visionary Leadership tools for helping themselves and others. Armed with these tools, and the financial and business support of micro-finance institutions, people in disadvantaged situations will begin to realize their true potential and can achieve great success in improving their lives. This is a win-win-win situation for the futures of the people in need, micro-finance institutions, and donors.
Evidence varies over the successfulness of micro-loans in helping recipients start and/or improve a business, become more financially independent and empowered, and improve the health and/or education of their families. Indications are that business education included with micro-loan services creates a positive effect, and there is recognition that financial stability and business education is not enough to provide micro-loan recipients what they need to overcome the barriers of poverty to improve their income and financial stability, personal empowerment, and their ability to provide health care and educational opportunities for their families. What would be the impact of social/emotional education to help remove mental blocks to success and establish a new paradigm of personal empowerment?
Youth Empowerment – Kenya
Empowering young people to take positive charge of their lives, regardless of circumstances, has been at the heart of Outreach work in Kenya since youth leader Moses Oindo first invited Naraya to give a Journey talk and facilitate process work for his Dandora Youth for Community Development group (YFCODE) the day after he attended the Journey Intensive in October 2008.
With the vast majority of young people in the deprived Nairobi suburbs remaining unemployed after graduating from Primary or Secondary education and an ever increasing influx of rural youth in search of sustenance and a means to fulfil exaggerated family expectations of financial support, the situation is dire. In an environment that hardly sees electricity, clean running water and sanitation and where people typically live crammed together on less that 2m2 each, drug and alcohol issues, unprotected sex, rape/harassment and sexual abuse, HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion, violent crime and gang activity as well as political manipulability are just some of the symptoms of a deeply lost and hopeless generation. However, when post-election violence along tribal lines ravaged the country early 2008 with Dandora being one of the worst hit areas in Nairobi, Moses gathered some of these youth, formed YFCODE, and diligently started to work for peace and unity in his community. So it was only natural that he was eager to share The Journey with his fellows.
Since then, much as happened on the Youth Empowerment front. With just a few Journey processes given to them, most of the original YFCODE members have found or created jobs for themselves with five of them having undergone the entire Journey Practitioners Program in Kenya and South Africa and with all their hearts volunteer for Journey Outreach. Other youth groups and individuals have been and are continuously being added to the beneficiaries list of Journey work and the results achieved with this vast and majorly neglected sector of Kenyan society are more than rewarding, strongly urging for continuation and expansion.
Proposed Micro-finance Research Model
What is the impact of addressing and removing personal limiting thoughts, beliefs and emotional blocks around the ability of micro-entrepreneurs to promote business growth, personal financial stability, personal empowerment, and improvements in health and educational opportunities for their families?
What holds micro-finance and micro-loan recipients back from being unequivocally successful? Is providing financial stability and business education enough? How far can a people go if they are haunted with the traumas of their past and/or beliefs that they don’t have what it takes to succeed? Can we afford to not to look at the impacts of these emotional issues and blocks?
Phase I: Within a country or region there are numerous individuals and groups that receive micro-loans from a micro-finance institution. We initially do not need to go through the challenging and laborious effort of finding a control group that is loan-worthy, not providing that group with loans, and introducing the potentially negative effects of that process. The control group would be individuals and groups receiving loans but not provided the opportunity of going through a Visionary Leadership workshop and receiving follow up Visionary Leadership support. Research methodologies are already available, and in many cases in place, that can then measure the impacts of Visionary Leadership in conjunction with micro-loans on business growth, personal financial stability, personal empowerment, and improvements in health and educational opportunities.
Phase II: Assuming a successful outcome of Phase I, Phase II would introduce a second control group of individuals and groups that are loan-worthy, are provided the opportunity of going through a Visionary Leadership workshop and receiving follow up Visionary Leadership support, but do not receive loans. This would evaluate the impact of Visionary Leadership as a stand-alone program for personal empowerment, and clarify the impact of using Visionary Leadership in conjunction with micro-financing.